The 18th Annual Boonville Beer Festival will take place at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds located at 14400 Highway 128 in Boonville, on Saturday May 3rd. The taps will be open from 1pm until 5pm. Gates open at 12:45 for those of you anxious to get in. Save fifteen dollars by purchasing your ticket in advance or pay $55 at the door on the day of the event. Keep in mind that it’s cash only at the door. If you are blessed with the presence of a designated driver, you should buy his or her ticket for a very low price of five dollars for the non-drinking. Music, beer and a sampling glass are included in the price of admission. Camping is available at a first come first serve basis for those of you looking to make a weekend out of it. The beer lineup is impressive; at last count I know of 75+ breweries that will take part in this event.

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— Peter Lopez